Afro-Brazilian Funksters

Saravah Soul launch their second album this month (launching at Passing Clouds on July 24th), bringing with it part of Brazil’s history, through rich melodies on top of a most percussive base.
Lyrics about slavery in ‘Alforria, Funk de Umbigada’ and ‘Dá ne mim’ sing of the utopia of liberty, questioning the real sense of freedom and being free in society. ‘Mestiço’ hails the beauty of Brazil’s ethnic cross-cultural heritage and Cultura Impura, not by chance lending the album its name.

‘Janaina’ – meaning the goddess of the ocean in the religion of Candomblé, brought by the African people – pays hommage to the Yorubá language with Adesose Wallace singing the beginning and ending verses. The chorus in almost all the songs gathers “o povo”, symbolising Brasilian folk in dialogue with the singer/composer Otto Nascarellas.

The horns play a fundamental role in the harmony, giving intension to what is being sung – creating moments of tension and pure release. It also bears Brazilian rhythms like Frevo, Ijexá and Maracatu, and all this comes together without without losing the soul & funk that originally characterised the band.

By Alba Cabral


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